Sunday, December 17, 2017

Killer Gaming Rig #2 Announcement!

Okay, as you all know by now, the next Killer Gaming will be an AMD based system. The giveaway will kick off on January 1st and a winner will be announced on Valentine's Day. I have everything I need already EXCEPT for a graphics card. I am looking to go with a single RX Vega64 card or CrossFire a pair of RX 580 cards. If you have any leads on GPUs, let me know!!

Feel Good Christmas Video of the Day

I am astounded that this video barely has 10,000 views.

Cool Video of the Day

Come on, admit it...even if you aren't a fan of Star Wars...you have to agree this video kicks ass.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Time Lapse Video of the Day

This time lapse video of a storm in Western Australia is amazing.

Patriot Viper V570 and RGB Mouse Pad Review

Another review of the Patriot Viper V570 and RGB mouse pad has popped up on the internet today. This time around it is the inmates at Hardware Asylum doing the reviewing.


Today we will be looking at two of their top tier gaming products: the Viper V570 RGB Blackout Edition Laser Gaming Mouse and the matching Viper Gaming LED Mouse Pad. Both products complement each other well through branding and colorful LED lighting. Let’s see if the perform as well as they look!

NVAIL Partners Show Groundbreaking AI Research at NIPS Event

The once obscure gathering — held last week in Long Beach, Calif. — drew coverage from the New York Times, Bloomberg, The Economist and other major outlets, focused on its astounding growth as AI has become a hot field and on the mad dash companies are making to recruit gifted developers. 

But recall what put NIPS on the map in the first place: the sharing of world-class research that advances artificial intelligence. Two of our NVIDIA AI Labs (NVAIL) partners were among those presenting groundbreaking work. Researchers at New York University have advanced how computers can classify objects within complex images, and taken a step toward what might loosely be thought of as peripheral vision for machines.

How (and Where) to Get a Great Crash Course in AI

Artificial intelligence is years, even decades, from replicating functions of the human mind, but it’s still getting serious work done today. And its influence will only expand. The irony of all that promise: Human minds are way behind. Relatively few have a baseline understanding about how AI and deep learning truly work. 

Techniques like machine learning, which underpin many of today’s AI tools, aren’t easy to grasp. They feed computers massive volumes of information to “teach” them to recognize our words or halt for a stop sign. This isn’t just dissimilar to how human minds work: it also involves techniques that can’t be understood without an effective teacher.

NVIDIA Announces Upcoming Event for Financial Community

NVIDIA will present at the following event for the financial community: 

  • Citi 2018 TMT West Conference
  • Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 8:45 a.m. Pacific time 
  • Bellagio, 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas

Friday, December 15, 2017

Thermaltake Announces View 22 Tempered Glass Edition Mid-Tower

If you are a fan of cases with large tempered glass side panels, you will likely be interested in Thermaltake’s latest mid-tower case offering, the View 22 Tempered Glass Edition.


Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB 240 TT Premium Edition Review

Those of you in the market for a new all-in-one coolers should definitely read this review of the Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB 240 TT Premium Edition at Vortez today.

BitFenix ENSO RGB Gaming Case Review

Head on over to Play3r and check out there review of the BitFenix ENSO RGB gaming case. You can see our review here for comparison purposes.
It has been almost 6 months since we last reviewed a case from the guys over at BitFenix, but today they return with the ENSO… a case featuring Alchemy 3.0 addressable RGB lighting, developed in conjunction with ASUS.

I Can't Believe It's Not Gambling

Just the description of this game makes me want to play it. 😆

Do you love opening loot crates, but hate the tedious gameplay sessions in between? Our marketing department has the game for you! Unbox random items! Get stuff, but not what you really want! Skate legal and ethical lines! Remember kids, its only a video game, so grab your parents credit card!

OUYA CEO Leaves The Company She Co-Founded

I know I sound like a dick but I'm actually more surprised that it took this long for Uhrman to leave the company.

Julie Uhrman, CEO of OUYA, has announced that she'll be leaving the Android gaming company that she co-founded. The executive took to Twitter to make the statement, spending the better part of an hour thanking employees, developers and backers.

Surviving Mars - Domes

Are you guys interested in this game at all? I was until I saw this trailer. 😕

Biostar Rolls Out 12-Slot PCI-E Cryptocurrency Mining Motherboard

Biostar has added yet another installment into its line of cryptocurrency mining motherboards.

The TB250-BTC Pro joins the likes of Biostar’s TB250-BTC+, TB350-BTC, and TA320-BTC mining-specific motherboards. In addition to more PCI-E x1 3.0 slots, the company has also introduced new optimized miner-friendly BIOS features to its line of cryptocurrency mining motherboards.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The State of the Xbox One in 2017

Kotaku's snack editor has written up an article on the "State of the Xbox One in 2017."

Microsoft spent much of the year hyping up the One X’s 4K, HDR capabilities, which didn’t leave a lot of room for talking about other things, like exciting new original games. Who needs those when you’ve got a console that can run the same games other platforms can run, only better? Everybody? Oh.

MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS Review

The folks over at Play3r have posted a review of the MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS today.

In today’s review, we get to grips with an entry level option to Intel’s 8th generation Z370 chipset in the form of the MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS motherboard. With support for AMD 2-way CrossFireX, this board could be the perfect companion for someone building a budget-friendly system, but while keeping to a mainstream chipset such as the Z370 platform.

62 Declassified Nuclear Test Films Have Been Declassified

You guys have to watch these declassified videos on YouTube. Wow!

ISPs Are Now Free To Discriminate Against Internet Services

Well, this sucks. I know this is just wishful thinking but let's all just keep our fingers crossed that we (the general public) don't get hosed by this.

The FCC, led by its new chairman, Ajit Pai, voted to repeal the net neutrality rules first proposed in 2014 and passed in 2015. Pai, along with commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Brendan Carr, voted to repeal the rules, while Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel voted to preserve them.

Disney to Buy 21st Century Fox Assets for $52.4 B

Yay!!!!! Marvel will finally have control over the X-Men, Wolverine and the (not so) Fantastic Four! All the other stuff is just icing on the cake.

The Walt Disney Co. has set a $52.4 billion, all-stock deal to acquire 20th Century Fox and other entertainment and sports assets from Rupert Murdoch’s empire. The deal between Disney and 21st Century Fox marks a historic union of Hollywood heavyweights and a bid by Disney to bolster its core TV and film businesses against an onslaught of new competitors in the content arena.

Recommend Holiday Build Guide

Our friends at Overclockers Club have put together a Holiday Build Guide with a list of recommended PC parts for your next system build.

It's even possible you're using a computer that is starting to feel a bit dated. Well, you are in luck! OCC has put together a parts list that will get you rocking and rolling in no time. I myself am just waiting to get the wife's approval and it is just a matter of time before she feels sorry for me and gives in. But until then, I'll just have to keep drooling over all the awesome new gear that has hit the market so far this year.

Crytek Sues Star Citizen Devs

Your daily dose of drama is provided by the fine folks at Crytek and Cloud Imperium Games.

A Cloud Imperium Games rep has responded with the following statement to Gamasutra: "We are aware of the Crytek complaint having been filed in the US District Court. CIG hasn’t used the CryEngine for quite some time since we switched to Amazon’s Lumberyard. This is a meritless lawsuit that we will defend vigorously against, including recovering from Crytek any costs incurred in this matter."

DreamHack and CORSAIR Enter Strategic Partnership

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components, and DreamHack, the world’s largest digital festival, are excited to announce a groundbreaking new partnership which will see CORSAIR and DreamHack working together for the next two years as strategic partners, with CORSAIR as a major sponsor of DreamHack’s esport properties.

AI Defining Transportation’s Future

Speaking in Tokyo at the last stop on NVIDIA’s seven-city GPU Technology Conference world tour, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang demonstrated how the NVIDIA DRIVE platform provides this scalable architecture for autonomous driving. Powering the next generation NVIDIA DRIVE platform is Xavier, the world’s most complex system on a chip. “Xavier is coming out of the fab and we can’t wait to put in the hands of car companies and roboticists all over the world,” Huang said.

GTC Global Tour Wraps Up in Tokyo

Amid robots and roadcars, NVIDIA concluded its seven-city global GPU Technology Conference series in Japan, which leads the world in autonomous machines. Yet another packed house greeted the event — 4,000+ developers, company execs and researchers filling a downtown Tokyo hotel —as NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang described the transformational reach of GPU-powered deep learning. “The next major revolution is autonomous machines and I can’t imagine a more appropriate place than Japan to invent their future,” said Huang at the year’s seventh GTC.

Baidu Deploys AMD EPYC To Power its ‘ABC’ Datacenters

AMD and Baidu, Inc., the leading Chinese language Internet search provider and leader in artificial intelligence (AI), today announced the immediate availability of AMD-powered AI, big data, and cloud computing (ABC) services. Utilizing the compute performance and advanced feature-set of the AMD EPYC™ processor in a single-socket platform allows Baidu to efficiently optimize and deliver massive storage and compute services to its customers. Baidu expects to further expand its use of AMD EPYC processors across its global datacenters beginning in the first quarter of 2018.

Intel’s Falcon 8+ Drone Helps Preserve Cathedral

The 15th century Halberstadt Cathedral in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, is getting help from 21st century technology: the Intel® Falcon™ 8+ drone. In collaboration with experts from Bauhaus University Weimar and Kulturstiftung Sachsen-Anhalt, a foundation for the preservation of cultural monuments, Intel is powering inspections and damage assessment of the cathedral with advanced commercial drone technology. Through a series of indoor and outdoor missions on both automated and manual flight paths, the Intel Falcon 8+ drone helped capture data that will inform next steps for restoration planning, ensuring the cathedral and its artwork will flourish for centuries to come.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Killer Gaming Rig #2 Update!

I have an exciting announcement to make about the next Killer Gaming Rig Giveaway...*drumroll*....will be an AMD based system! We just secured the CPU and motherboard, I have all the other components here already (except AMD based GPU(s)). More info coming soon!

Patreon: We Messed Up, We're Sorry

For all of you guys that expressed displeasure with Patreon's recent fee service announcement, the company now says that you can rest assured, they have no plans to implement the bass-ackward changes announced last week.

From the bottom of our hearts, we’re truly sorry. Last week’s service fee announcement caused a tough week for you, your patrons, and your teams. We were trying to solve a problem for creators and, in turn, caused more problems for you and your patrons. You’ve spoken loud and clear. We’re not going to rollout the changes to our payments system that we announced last week, and are currently assessing other options. 

Obviously this is good news for those of you that support Hypothermia via Patreon. While we are on the subject, this months Patreon Appreciation Package is a PS4 Pro Star Wars Battlefront II Edition.

CenturyLink Denies Billing Fraud

CenturyLink, purveyor of the world's crappiest internet and television service announced today that a special committee found that it did not engage in sales-related misconduct. There you have it, case closed.

The Company's outside directors promptly and voluntarily formed the Special Committee after a former employee alleged that the Company engaged in sales-related misconduct, including charging customers for services they did not order—a practice known as "cramming." Over the past six months, the Special Committee, together with independent counsel from O'Melveny & Myers LLP and forensic data analysts, collected and searched more than 9.7 million documents as well as 4.3 terabytes of billing data consisting of over 32 billion billing records; they also interviewed more than 200 current and former Company employees.  

Amazon Expands Prime Free Same-Day / One-Day Service Areas

There is still plenty of time to shop! Amazon customers can shop all the way up to Christmas Eve with Prime Free Same-Day Delivery and Prime Now. Eligible customers can start a 30-day free trial and get fast, free Prime shipping including two-day, one-day, same-day and Prime Now, delivered right to their door. Today, Amazon announced it expanded Prime Free Same-Day Delivery and Prime Free One-Day Shipping – now available to members in more than 8,000 cities and towns. For more information about holiday shipping or to start a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime.

Battlefield: Bad Company 3 Plans Leaked?

Some random dude on the internet claims to have the low-down on the next installation in the Battlefield series. Could turn out to be true (even if he is just guessing), I've seen stranger things happen. Thanks to Blue's for this one.

Nintendo Switch Sells 10 Million Worldwide

Personally, I'm holding out for more games before I pick up a Switch.

Despite launching in March, a month not usually reserved for home console launches, and with the busy holiday shopping season still in full swing, the Nintendo Switch system has already sold 10 million units to consumers around the world, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures.

So You Like Food Delivery Services...

Okay, I thought this was going a totally different direction. Wait for it...wait for it.

Meet the Companies Already Changing the World with AI

To spotlight the many inspiring stories of AI’s influence, NVIDIA is launching “I Am AI,” an all-new, original docuseries. The video vignettes are a window into the work of innovators achieving groundbreaking accomplishments with AI technologies. By celebrating those achievements, we hope to provide inspiration for others who are developing AI applications. The first “I am AI” episode introduces AIVA, a French AI startup that’s developed an algorithm that composes original music of various styles. Future episodes will air every two weeks on the NVIDIA YouTube channel and NVIDIA website.

How a 1,000-Kilometer Bike Trip Ended with a Win for Rainforests

This year, the Changsha-based data scientist is celebrating with a $30,000 check, won in a data science competition using satellite imagery to protect an even larger rainforest, the Amazon. Organized by the Kaggle platform for data science competitions, the challenge was to track the human footprint in the Amazon rainforest by distinguishing human causes of forest loss from natural ones. That could make rainforest protection more effective and more timely, according to the competition website.

Toshiba and Western Digital Reach Global Settlement

Toshiba Corporation, Toshiba Memory Corporation and Western Digital Corporation have entered into a global settlement agreement to resolve their ongoing disputes in litigation and arbitration, strengthen and extend their relationship, and enhance the mutual commitment to their ongoing flash memory collaboration. 

As part of this agreement, TMC and Western Digital will participate jointly in future rounds of investment in Fab 6, the state-of-the-art memory fabrication facility now under construction at Yokkaichi, including the upcoming investment round announced by Toshiba in October 2017. Fab 6 will be entirely devoted to the mass production of BiCS FLASH™, the next-generation of 3D flash memory, starting next year. TMC and Western Digital similarly intend to enter into definitive agreements in due course under which Western Digital will participate in the new flash wafer fabrication facility which will be constructed in Iwate, Japan.

Introducing Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition

AMD released a major upgrade to its advanced software suite for Radeon™ graphics, Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition, designed to give gamers deeply immersive gameplay while engaging with their friends and the gaming community. Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition introduces the all-new Radeon™ Overlay, a seamless user interface designed to enable gamers to monitor their GPU performance without ever leaving the game, tailor their gameplay to their unique preferences and connect with their friends, all in one place. AMD is also launching the AMD Link mobile app, being made available to millions of iOS and Android users. A powerful complement to Radeon desktop software, AMD Link serves as a "second screen" for monitoring GPU performance and PC system info, enabling gamers to easily share their greatest gaming moments, and keeping them informed about AMD's latest updates.